The Fansided NHL network is continuing it’s 2015 NHL Mock Draft today, and Zach Laing, the editor of the Edmonton Oilers Fansided site oilonwhyte.com, will do the drafting on behalf of the Calgary Flames.
Who is Jakub Zboril?
"Jakub Zboril is a smart, fleet-footed two-way defenseman that plays to his strengths in all three areas of the ice. While he doesn’t aim to impress, he does all of the little things right and plays with an edge. The neutral zone is his launching pad: he is able to take off into the offensive end, or backcheck quickly into his own end. Very sound positionally. Smooth skater with lots of energy to burn. Not afraid to lay the body, or take a hit to make the play; can and will stand up for teammates. Possesses good hands and awareness on the ice, as well as a hard shot that is quite accurate. All-in-all, a complete defenseman that is relied upon to offset any oncoming attacks, as well as create chances in the opposing end.Reminiscent style of play to that of NHL D-man Keith Yandle. (Curtis Joe, EP 2015)"
Since coming to the Saint John Sea Dogs from the Czech U20 team prior to the start of last season, Jakub Zboril’s draft stock has risen and he has done lots to boost said stock. In 44 games played this season, Zboril scored 33 points alongside 73 PIM.
His NHL CS ranking was #11 at the midterm, and #12 for the final rankings.
While apart of HC Kometa Brno U16, Zboril won two national championships. Standing at 6’1, 185 lbs, he isn’t the most physically imposing player out there, however he has the frame to grow into some more and likely would play closer to 200 lbs.
Calgary’s system has become dry when it comes to defensive prospects and guys like Giordano and Wideman are not getting any younger. Zboril has the potential to become a very solid top four defenceman, and fits the mold of what Calgary is looking for.
Zboril would benefit from more time spent in in the QMJHL.
Next on the clock is Oil on Whyte.